The first World Championship to be defended was ECW's. The Big Show defended against a man who represents what the old ECW stood for, Sabu. This was a decent match. Big Show added a couple of new moves to his repotior and Sabu was his usual high flying self. By this I mean he botched a good few moves. I like the Big Show's new gimmick of being an extreme giant. The Big Show retained the title after choke slamming Sabu through a table.
Second championship match of the night was the blue brands current champion, King Booker T battling Batista. The crowd was very vocal against Batista which I found quite surprising. This match was good as well. Batista won the match but only by disqualification when Sharmell got involved on behalf of the King. The feud between these two is just getting started.
If the same rules had been applied for the World Heavyweight Championship as were applied for the WWE Championship then we would have a new World Champion. The championship could change hands on disqualification when Edge defended against John Cena. This was an excellent match, especially by Cena's standards. Back and fourth all the way with Lita threatening to get involved. She eventually did get in the mix. After handing some brass knuckles to Edge she was on the receiving end of what looked to be a double FU. Instead Edge got out of it and nailed Cena on the back of his head picking up the 1 2 3. The R Rated summer continues for Edge and Lita.
It was between the main event and the "I Quit" match for match of the night. Mick Foley taking on Ric Flair in this environment was brutal and entertaining as hell. Barbed wire bats, Barbed wire boards, thumb tacks. It had it all. Flair and Foley both bled heavily through out, Foley needed 25 stitches once the match ended. Both a trainer and Melina tried to stop the match on behalf of Foley but Flair was having none of it. Foley finally quit but only after Flair was about to knock Melina's head off with the barbed wire baseball bat. Brilliant performance by both these future Hall of Fames.
It was Legend vs Legend Killer in Boston too. With the crowd behind Hulk Hogan as he stood up to the arrogant Randy Orton. This was good match too but you could tell Hogan was struggling on his injured knees. In a unique twist Orton seemed to have the match won but the crafty veteran has his foot on the rope. The match was restarted and Hogan made short work of the Legend Killer. Hogan goes 6-0 undefeated at SummerSlam.
One of the biggest feuds of the year continued as DX took on the McMahon boys in tag team action. Before the match even got underway Michaels and The Game had to battler The Spirit Squad, William Regal, Mr Kennedy, Finlay and Umaga as McMahon sent some "assetts to the ring". Once the match got underway it was the usual entertainment we get served up McMahons battles. Move of the night goes to Shawn Michaels. Shane O Mac was going coast to coast on HHH when HBK hit sweet chin music as Shane was half way. Almost a decapitation. Another chin music followed by a pedigree to Vince and he was staring at the lights in SummerSlam debut.
And finally Rey Mysterio did battle with Chavo Guerrero. This was a good opening contest. I hate the way that Eddie Guerreros name get mentioned in their feud. Vikki Guerrero got involved in this one, all be it by accident. She knocked Rey Rey off the top rope allowing Chavo to capitalise and eventually pick up the win after the frog splash.
So that was SumemrSlam 2006. A good affair and an event that will be remembered for a while to come. Hat's of the Cena, Flair, Foley and Edge. They all worked their socks of to put on a great show. SummerSlam will go down as one of the better events of 2006 and indeed one of the better SummerSlam events in history.
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